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Man, son injured as car hits tree near Tyrendarra

A man was airlifted to The Alfred while his 0son was also injured in the crash and was taken to hospital for treatment.A MAN was yesterday airlifted to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne with head and internal injuries after his vehicle ran off the Princes Highway west of Tyrendarra and hit a tree.
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Leading Senior Constable Andrew Payne of Portland police said the man’s son was also injured in the crash and was taken to hospital for treatment.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the man, who was aged in his forties, suffered facial, arm and neck injuries and was in a serious but stable condition.

The spokesman said the school-aged child suffered cuts and abrasions and was taken to Portland hospital in a stable condition.

Leading Senior Constable Payne said the father was believed to be from the south-west.

He said no other vehicle was involved in the accident and police were investigating whether the father suffered a medical condition before the crash.

The accident happened as the man was travelling east between the Tyrendarra-Ettrick and Mount Clay roads shortly before 2.30pm yesterday.

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Warm welcome for new citizens

A CITIZENSHIP ceremony was held recently at the Mount Isa Civic Centre to welcome those who now call Australia home.
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Mayor Tony McGrady presented 16 adults and two children with certificates welcoming them and their families to Mount Isa as citizens of Australia along with the 4.5 million before them who have successfully become citizens.

Mr McGrady welcomed the new citizens to Mount Isa.

“You have been approved for citizenship of the greatest nation on earth at a time when our world is searching desperately for peace,” he said.

“From this day, you will all walk as an Australian, proud of your nation, proud of its people and proud of the country which you now formally call home.”

Proud Australian citizen Brian Fox received his official citizenship certificate after moving to Australia in August 2010 from Castlebar, Ireland.

After travelling around New Zealand for six months and finally finding his way to Sydney where Mr Fox worked for just over three years, the 29 year old has made his way to Mount Isa.

Mr Fox said he had been in Mount Isa for three weeks and was proud to get his citizenship.

He is currently working at the Mount Isa Hospital as a physiotherapist.

“I moved to Australia on my own and have now moved to Mount Isa on my own,” said Mr Fox. “I wanted something different and I thought it would be nice to move.

“This is the real Australia, I am real proud to get my citizenship here.”

Rochelle Saumya Ram and husband Sachida Nand celebrated their citizenship together as a small family with their two young boys.

Ms Saumya Ram moved to the country from Fiji six years ago.

“We have been in Australia for six years and now have two sons born here in Mount Isa, one in 2011 and the other in 2013,” she said.

“I have my small family here, husband and kids and a small group of close friends – and that’s all the family I have in Australia.

“I miss the tropics but Mount Isa isn’t bad. By the look of it, we will be here for a while and I hope we get rain soon.”

Ms Saumya Ram currently works as a registered nurse in the Mount Isa Hospital while Mr Nand works as an aircraft engineer.

Sachida Nand, Mayor Tony McGrady, Rochelle Saumya Ram, and Yuvraj and Yajat Nand.

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Blood lead levels in Isa children falling

SOME of Mount Isa’s infants will be over the mandatory blood lead notification level when it is halved to five micrograms a decilitre early next year.
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But average blood lead levels have reduced in children less than five years since tests began in 2010.

If a child is higher than the notification level, doctors will consult with families and make environmental audits to determine the potential causes of lead exposure.

The current mandatory blood level notification is 10 micrograms which was reviewed after recommendations by Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young earlier this year.

The highest blood lead level tested at QML Mount Isa this year was 14.5. But in a secondary test, the child’s level was shown to be 9.5.

Ten of the 80 children tested at QML this year had a blood lead level over five micrograms.

Mount Isa Hospital has tested lead levels in infants since August.

Two of the 16 children up to September were over five micrograms, with the highest level being 5.4.

The average lead level of the 16 children was 2.6.

Health Department health protection executive director Associate Professor Sophie Dwyer said the proposed regulatory change to half the notification level was being drafted.

The focus of lead control in Australia was changing from small numbers of people with high exposure levels to larger numbers with lower levels.

“In a lead production environment like Mount Isa, that means changing emphasis,” she said.

Professor Dwyer said she was happy that routine screening for lead levels in children under five years was happening at Mount Isa Hospital.

“In this lead mining area, our new standard is that if a child has blood tests taken for another reason, they would normally be screened for lead as well, unless parents specifically request that their child not be tested,” Professor Dwyer said.

In 2010, QML Mount Isa tested 182 children, with the average blood lead level being 3.6.

The average blood lead level of 96 children tested in 2011 was 3.3.

In 2012 and 2013, the average blood lead level was 3.2.

QML tested 43 children in 2012 and 83 in 2013.

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It’s Corey Henderson, live at St Brigid’s

BEFORE it was co-opted by the Christians to become what we now know as Halloween, October 31 was known in Gaelic as Oiche Shamhna the final harvest festival before the dark of winter.
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It’s also the name that’s been given to tomorrow night’s Irish-themed night of music at St Brigid’s Hall in Crossley, which serves as both a fund-raiser for Peter’s Project and a celebration of a Warrnambool musician who has been literally living every day like it could be his last.

Twelve months ago, piper Corey Henderson was given 12 months to live, but has not taken the diagnosis of terminal cancer lying down.

Gig organiser Marty Ruane said Henderson has done more living since his diagnosis than most people do in a lifetime.

“He was given 12 months to live and that was 12 months ago and he’s still here,” Ruane said.

“We had a do for him 12 months ago to celebrate his life while we still could. Now 12 months has passed and he’s crossed the equator about 18 times this year and had the best year of his life.”

Henderson has spent what was expected to be his final year on earth travelling the globe visiting everywhere from Ireland to China, Africa to Paris, and plenty of places in between, as well as continuing to play gigs.

He joined Warrnambool Celtic group The Likely Celts at a recent gig at the WAG and is planning to play a tune or two with Adelaide’s Jack Brennan one of the best players of the uilleann pipes in Australia at tomorrow night’s fund-raiser.

Also on the bill will be Shane Howard & Band, Lex’s Shed, Paul Cullen, The Likely Celts, Hog Stompin’ Zydegators and the O’Shea Ryan Dancers.

Ruane said that aside from being a fund-raiser for Peter’s Project, the night was “another opportunity to have a rage with Corey while he’s still here”.

Oiche Shamhna kicks off from 7.30pm.

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Premier to launch Warrnambool Aus Music Festival countdown

Premier Denis Napthine (left) will launch the Warrnambool Aus Music Festival, pictured with festival director Russ Goodear (right).THE year-long countdown to the inaugural Warrnambool Aus Music Festival begins with two events this week.
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Premier Denis Napthine will officially start the clock ticking towards October 30, 2015, at a launch event tomorrow at noon, while a launch party celebrating Australian music will be held at The Loft tonight from 8pm.

Dr Napthine will be joined by Music Victoria chief executive Patrick Donovan at tomorrow’s event at the Lady Bay Resort.

Festival director Russ Goodear said that by linking in with the state government and Music Victoria, the aim was to give the Australian music-themed event national significance.

Mr Goodear said it will run from October 30 to November 1 next year, starting initially as “a small event (and growing into) a great Aus Music Festival” that will be held in the Lake Pertobe and foreshore area of Warrnambool, with a “fringe festival” held in the CBD and suitable Warrnambool venues.

“The goal is to create a regional Victorian cultural event,” he said.

“The vision is to create a vibrant ‘must attend’ Aus Music Festival, to attract people of all ages from across Australia who want to share and celebrate great Australian music.”

A local committee has been working behind the scenes for the past two years to ensure the event is sustainable, securing funding to draw up detailed business plans and a blueprint for growing the festival in the future.

Warrnambool musician Liam Gubbins — a member of young up-and-coming band Bonney Ranch — will be a guest performer at tomorrow’s launch.

Tonight’s launch party at The Loft will feature music from local music combo Goodear Schack O’Brien MLC, and new Warrnambool band Doctor Juzzy Jones.

Patrons are also encouraged to bring their favourite Aussie CDs to play through the night.

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